Is there more than one type of recurrent disease?
Recurrent disease is classified as either local recurrence(LOW-COAL REE-CER-ENCE) — Cancer that comes back near or close to the location of the original tumor or distant recurrence(DIS-TINT RE-CER-ENCE) — Cancer that comes back far away from the location of the original tumor. Local recurrence is like having a dandelion return in the original flowerbed or close by. Distant recurrence is like having a dandelion appear in the yard far away from the original flowerbed. Each type of recurrence is treated very differently; the prognosis(PRAHG-NO-SIS) — A predicted outcome for groups of patients and available treatment options vary greatly (depending on the type of cancer and when it recurs).